Category: Writing
That Was The Year That Was…

So the year draws to a close, and with it a roller-coaster ride of a career path, which has slowly made the transition from comics to film and television, while also moving me into the world of reluctant reader novels. I’ve made some new, amazing friends, reconnected with old ones and I’ve lost people along the way, but at the end [&hellip

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Schools – a World Book Day Warning…

As pretty much most of you know, I spend a lot of time doing School Talks,  going to students around the world with my ‘Change The Channel’ talk, aimed at getting reluctant readers to get back into books, whatever type of book it is. It’s popular, it’s linked to above on the SCHOOL TALK and WORKSHOPS buttons, and most importantly [&hellip

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Ready To Rumble…

I’ve loved Wrestling all of my life. From a young child I grew up on Saturday lunchtime Wrestling on ITV, watching sports legend Dickie Davies call matches involving such British luminaries as Big Daddy or Giant Haystacks, enjoying the pantomime and pageantry that Wrestling gave me. I knew it wasn’t ‘real’, but at the same time I knew that these guys [&hellip

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How A Salesman Can Help You Pitch…

So in a couple of weeks I’m returning to Raindance to run my one day seminar on Writing for Graphic Novels and Screenplays, and part of my seminar is about networking, and more importantly what not to do. They’re rules I’ve used all my career, and now I’m moving into film and TV, I’m finding that they’re even more vital for a screenwriter. [&hellip

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Vladimir Tod Returns…

A few years ago, I adapted the Heather Brewer Vladimir Tod books into Graphic Novels for Penguin Teen, and then, as is the way with writers, I sat back and waited for a while. Years, in fact, as I realised this week that I started the first adaptation, Eighth Grade Bites, exactly three years ago this month. That came out [&hellip

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Messenger: The Legend Continues…

So a few years ago, Sam Hart and I wrote a book for Walker Books called Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood, a retelling of the classic tale for a modern audience. A couple of years later we were asked to write another, this time about King Arthur, and Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur came out. After that, we [&hellip

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The Jigsaw Lady Comes…

As many of you know, for the last few years I’ve been doing a lot of work with reluctant readers in schools around the world, and it’s become quite a passion of mine. Which was why I was honoured and overjoyed  last year when Danny Pearson of Badger Learning, a division of the Haven Book Group asked me if I’d [&hellip

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